Sanitation Agency accepts $46 million bid for plant expansion |

Sanitation Agency accepts $46 million bid for plant expansion

The Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency is one step closer to starting its approximately $46 million plant expansion.

On Oct. 13, the Sanitation Agency issued a “letter of intent” to choose Slayden Construction, Inc. for its plant expansion project. Slayden provided the lowest bid, at $45,980,000, and the bid is expected to go through once the plant finalizes the paperwork with Slayden and with its loan.

TTSA General Manager Craig Woods said the need for the expansion was because the population around the Truckee/Tahoe area is increasing. The current system is at 80 percent and the sanitation agency is “planning ahead,” Woods said. Therefore, the plant needs to expand its capacity.

“[The expansion] will increase the capacity of the treatment plant from 7.4 million gallons per day to 9.6 million gallons per day,” he said.

Woods said earlier this summer the two biggest concerns for the sanitation agency were the Town of Truckee and the Martis Valley – the two areas with the most rapid growth.

According to Woods, the reason for the high construction bill is due mainly to the nitrogen removal system, which he estimated will cost $20-22 million, and the sewage solids de-watering, which is estimated will cost $10 million.

Preliminary site excavation and land work to prepare the area for the plant expansion began in the summer and is nearly finished.

There was an appeal period after the letter of intent was issued, but that period has since passed. Now, the Sanitation Agency is simply waiting to get the assurance from its engineers and lawyers and is also waiting to finalize the paperwork for a loan. Then, the contract will be awarded and work can begin.

The plant expansion project has been in planning stages for six or seven years now, and Woods said the project is scheduled to be finished by late 2005 or early 2006.

The effect on the Sanitation Agency’s coverage area – Truckee, the North and West Shores of Tahoe, Alpine and Squaw Valley – is a “slight increase” in fees, Woods said, which has “already been calculated in.”

For more information on the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency, visit or call 587-2525.

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